The role and vulnerabilities of older people in drought in East Africa

Given that the frequency and severity of natural disasters as a result of climate change are likely to increase, and that, by 2050, 22% of the world’s population will be aged 60 or over, it is increasingly important that humanitarian action not only responds to the specific needs and vulnerabilities of older people, but also recognises and builds on their capacities to contribute to humanitarian preparedness and response. This study, commissioned by HelpAge International with funding from Age International, explores how organisations such as HelpAge can further support actors involved in drought crises to include older men and women in their responses. Focus countries for this study include Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan, with a particular focus on Ethiopia.